President, Eastern Washington University
Dr. Mary Cullinan has served as the 26th President of Eastern Washington University (EWU) since 2014. Prior to coming to Washington, she served for seven years as President of Southern Oregon University and for three years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. From 1996 until 2003, Dr. Cullinan served as Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences and Professor of English at CSU Stanislaus. From 1981 until 1996, she held faculty and administrative positions at CSU East Bay (formerly CSU Hayward).
In her first years at EWU, President Cullinan has focused on creating stronger pathways for students through powerful collaboration with schools and community colleges, effective advising, mentoring, innovative curricula, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
At Southern Oregon University, President Cullinan worked jointly with Rogue Community College to open the first LEED Platinum building in southern Oregon, the Higher Education Center. Under her leadership, a public-private partnership led to a 700-bed residence and dining hall (LEED Gold), the largest building project ever in Ashland. During her years at SOU, the university opened innovative academic programs such as Emerging Media and Digital Arts, Bachelor of Applied Science, and Outdoor Adventure Leadership that respond to workforce needs and student interests. She also provided leadership to create an Honors College, with each student paired with a community mentor, that opened in 2013.
Dr. Cullinan received her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of books on business communication and a biography of Scottish author Susan Ferrier. She co-edited an anthology, American Women Writers: Diverse Voices in Prose Since 1845. She has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, and other national and regional organizations.